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by RRGadow
Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:10 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Eizenglas encloser shrunken...???!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3845

Re: Eizenglas encloser shrunken...???!!

I know what your boat looks like....I did a lot of work on one down in Wilmington, NC. Just wanted to see yours :D Did you get rid of your other cruiser?
by RRGadow
Sun Nov 08, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Eizenglas encloser shrunken...???!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3845

Re: Eizenglas encloser shrunken...???!!

I would call a canvas "expert" and get their opinion...It may get easier to "adjust" when its warmer. Where a photo of that Scout of yours?
by RRGadow
Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: The Red and White
Replies: 15
Views: 5042

Re: The Red and White

Nice...what is her true condition?
by RRGadow
Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:28 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Any suggestions for a forgiving varnish?
Replies: 15
Views: 3615

Re: Any suggestions for a forgiving varnish?

Ive used every possible varnish available..and Epifanes just seems to be the favorite that I always go back too.
by RRGadow
Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Any suggestions for a forgiving varnish?
Replies: 15
Views: 3615

Re: Any suggestions for a forgiving varnish?

Any varnish from the major brands do just fine. If I had to pick the last quart of varnish in the world it would be Epifanes.
by RRGadow
Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Chrome Handrail Constellation
Replies: 7
Views: 3027

Re: Chrome Handrail Constellation

Mine were chrome also...The fix was to order some Stainless tubing and be done with it, not an issue worth fretting over.
by RRGadow
Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:48 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Hull I.d. Location?
Replies: 7
Views: 3102

Re: Hull I.d. Location?

My bottom will be getting replaced this winter...work done by Jerry LeCompte of Dockside Boat works. The estimate is on the lower side of your numbers that you threw out, but my boats frames and ribs are for the most part good and wont need replacing.
by RRGadow
Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: I'm Back with a new old boat
Replies: 38
Views: 13116

Re: I'm Back with a new old boat

Hey, Hey....Im one of those varnish nerds! :D
by RRGadow
Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:00 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Sold my Connie
Replies: 15
Views: 4023

Re: Sold my Connie

:( Why did you sell it?
by RRGadow
Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:57 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: First time Chris Craft owner
Replies: 16
Views: 4183

Re: First time Chris Craft owner

She looks good! That is a pre-war flag....Be careful with that white upholstery, its going to show everything!...I like to wipe the varnish down with a soft towel and a few shots of Windex.
by RRGadow
Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: I'm Back with a new old boat
Replies: 38
Views: 13116

Re: I'm Back with a new old boat

Welcome back to the institution! Glad you missed out on that Silverton...they are some ugly boats!
by RRGadow
Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:28 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Tango Uniform
Replies: 1923
Views: 321344

Re: Tango Uniform

Sad to see all those boats in such bad shape.
by RRGadow
Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Hull I.d. Location?
Replies: 7
Views: 3102

Re: Hull I.d. Location?

She has happily owned us for 5 years now...1940
by RRGadow
Tue Aug 25, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Hull I.d. Location?
Replies: 7
Views: 3102

Re: Hull I.d. Location?

Welcome Kevin...Attached is a pic of our 33 footer. Like Captain Nemo said...they randomly stamped the parts with your hull number. Look on all the hatches, door bottoms, and anything else that is a wooden part. If the boat has a title the only issue of not having the hull number would be not being ...
by RRGadow
Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: hull leak
Replies: 3
Views: 2182

Re: hull leak

Whats happening now is its sat for 7 or so months...and growth and the such has help slowed the leak down. Your pumps when using the boat is going off more then you would want....These old girls move when motoring, so you get a few leaks from the planks moving....then the boat settles in after sitti...
by RRGadow
Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:18 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Hull leak
Replies: 14
Views: 5488

Re: Hull leak

5 gals every 24 hrs is really not much at all! Let it soak up and get out on the river! You will never stop all the small leaks on a batten built cruiser your size.
by RRGadow
Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:47 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Chris Craft M Fuel Pump
Replies: 4
Views: 1940

Re: Chris Craft M Fuel Pump

Call Van Ness Engineering....Dave will have the answer and the part.
by RRGadow
Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: The Mariners' Museum
Topic: CC Fly Bridge Stain color
Replies: 4
Views: 4573

Re: CC Fly Bridge Stain color

I would use the Sandusky golden walnut...Also keep in mind most varnishes will also add a bit of an amber tint.
by RRGadow
Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Chris-Craft Gathering
Replies: 13
Views: 29018

Re: Chris-Craft Gathering

After much thought...We really want this to be a big event, and with that comes lots of planning. We are going to scrap the date for this fall, and start planning for either next spring or next fall (2016). What's everyone's thoughts on the time of year to have the event so we have maximum turn out?
by RRGadow
Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: More wood rot repair questions
Replies: 10
Views: 3400

Re: More wood rot repair questions

Then this is a good time to learn....Do the research and fix it yourself...It will be fulfilling to know you did it, and did it right. When you keep putting patches on these wooden boats it just makes it worse down the road.
by RRGadow
Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: More wood rot repair questions
Replies: 10
Views: 3400

Re: More wood rot repair questions

Forgive me if im sounding too harsh...But the repair that you are describing is very amateurish, and shouldn't be done. If you have found rot, that is deep...why wouldn't you replace the wood correctly and do it so that it will be structurally sound? The think you also have to keep in mind is that t...
by RRGadow
Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Got re-hitched on our boat!
Replies: 8
Views: 2899

Re: Got re-hitched on our boat!

At the Maritime Museum in Deltaville.
by RRGadow
Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Jet Speed Varnish
Replies: 3
Views: 1832

Re: Jet Speed Varnish

Try Awlspar 3131....If you have a long day...Ive put on 3 coats before. Most of my brightwork is done with Awlspar, then top coating of Epifanes.
by RRGadow
Mon Jun 29, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Got re-hitched on our boat!
Replies: 8
Views: 2899

Got re-hitched on our boat!

familyolechris.jpg olechris12.jpg Just wanted to share some photos with everyone, of our special weekend of renewing our wedding vows on our old girl. My wife and I have been together since we were 15, and got married young....so we figured we wanted do it again and include the kids and our "Ole Ch...
by RRGadow
Mon Jun 29, 2015 2:41 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Chris-Craft Gathering
Replies: 13
Views: 29018

Re: Chris-Craft Gathering

Hey guys....Im just getting back to civilization, after being away for 3 weeks..Im glad to see we have some interest! Give us some suggestions and thoughts as we slowly put this together!
by RRGadow
Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: One way to turn a 32 ft. Constellation upside down
Replies: 12
Views: 3871

Re: One way to turn a 32 ft. Constellation upside down

That's serious! I hope you have leveled everything out, since your going to do all this work....would be pretty bad to replace the bottom, to only find out its off.
by RRGadow
Thu May 28, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Half Mile Ray #833 Parts
Replies: 20
Views: 5306

Re: Half Mile Ray #833 Parts

Nice!!
by RRGadow
Thu May 28, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Where to buy an impeller
Replies: 9
Views: 3099

Re: Where to buy an impeller

Van Ness Engineering
by RRGadow
Mon May 25, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Photo from a great weekend!
Replies: 3
Views: 1763

Photo from a great weekend!

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Tied up to some Tupperware...don't judge me! :D
by RRGadow
Thu May 21, 2015 5:18 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: '57 Constellation Refurb
Replies: 9
Views: 3026

Re: '57 Constellation Refurb

Welcome to the club! We have a 58 35' Connie, but we never finished because we bought our 1940 33'. The stanchions are top screwed/bolted till you get towards the aft deck...then they get abit more tricky with the bolts being thru the bottom. I took mine off and got them powder coated.